"One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray…'."
Luke 11:1-2 NIV
Recently I shared in a Youth Study about how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. I find it interesting that this is the one thing the gospels record the disciples asking Jesus how they should do it. Jesus model for them the Lord's Prayer. The prayer cares so much meaning. Beginning with the words "Our Father," we can know God is our heavenly Father of us all. We recognize in this pray how God's Name is Holy and give thanks for our daily provisions. We are to forgive others as God has forgiven us. There is so much to learn from the words of the Lord's Prayer.
I also share in the Youth Study a form of prayer that can help our prayer lives. It is known as A.C.T.S. Prayer. It is an acronym that stands for the following.
We begin by acknowledging God with a title showing our love for him. Then we confess our sins to God. Next, we give thanks to God for all he is doing in our lives. Finally, we lift our supplications and petitions on our hearts to the Lord. The A.C.T.S. prayer is a great way to pray when you are in the middle of your day to pray for one item in each category. The prayer below follows the A.C.T.S. model below. I invite you to take the time to write out a prayer following this formula. It is my hope this model of pray can help you learn more about praying today!
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us your Son for the Holy Spirit and us to be our advocate. Although we often confess to we have often fallen short of your ideals for us and sinned against you, we ask for your forgiveness. Thank you for all the provisions you have given us in food, shelter, and many other things. We ask that you help us be more like Jesus as we learn to follow His example more each day. We pray this in your Holy Name. Amen.